Irish police are assisting the Metropolitan Police after three small explosive devices sent to transport hubs in London allegedly had Irish stamps on them.
An Garda Siochana confirmed they are assisting the investigation after pictures of the envelopes were revealed.
A counter-terror investigation was launched this afternoon as a result of the discovery of the devices found at Waterloo train station and office buildings at Heathrow and London City airports.
An Garda Siochana confirmed they are assisting the investigation after pictures of the envelopes were revealed (Picture: AliBunkallSKY)Security sources emphasised investigators were keeping an open mind, and added that the devices did not appear to be very sophisticated.
All the packages were A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags and appeared capable of igniting a small fire when opened, police said.
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No one has been injured in the three incidents and no arrests have been made, police said.
Advice has been issued to transport hubs across London to be vigilant and report suspicious devices to police.
Sky News correspondent Alistair Bunkall tweeted a picture which he said showed the package sent to Heathrow airport. He said the stamps ‘say Eire on. Rep of Ireland.’
Builder jailed for doing this to five new build homes with a diggerOne of the images showed a partially-burned package addressed to the airport, which Mr Bunkall said had caught fire.
The source of the images was not clear and their veracity has not been verified.
Officers received a report of a suspicious package at The Compass Centre, a building near Heathrow Airport boundary, shortly before 10am.
All the packages were A4-sized white postal bags containing yellow Jiffy bags and appeared capable of igniting a small fire when opened, police said (Picture: AliBunkallSKY)
Emergency services on the scene at London City Airport (Picture: LNP)A statement from Scotland Yard said: ‘The package was opened by staff at the building, causing the device to initiate.
‘This resulted in part of the package burning.’
Meghan and Kate in rare public appearance together to honour their father-in-lawThe building was evacuated as a precaution and specialist officers attended the scene to make the device safe.
Police said the building remains closed as enquiries continue.
A Heathrow spokesman earlier said that flights and passengers were not affected by the incident.
British Transport Police were called to reports of a suspicious package in the post room at Waterloo station at 11.40am.
The package was not opened and specialist officers again made the device safe.
Police officers secure the scene where suspicious package was found near Waterloo railway station (Picture: Reuters)
The scene at Waterloo Station (Picture: LNP)The station was not evacuated but cordons were in place outside on Cab Road. Police said trains were continuing to run as normal.
Its owner, Network Rail, would not comment on the incident.
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The package was not opened, the building was evacuated and specialist officers made the device safe. The building has since opened.
Docklands Light Railway services to the airport are running after an earlier suspension.
A spokesman for London City Airport said Aviation House was a staff-only building about three minutes from the terminal and no flights or passengers were affected.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: ‘Our thanks go to police, security, transport staff and all involved for their swift actions to keep our city safe.’